In 1989 Dori opened her first Vancouver men’s boutique specializing in custom-made shirts and suits. Her business flourished with three more locations opening over the next years; The Bay, Nordstrom, and Park Royal. Then in 1991, Dori had the opportunity to design and manufacture leather garments for ladies and men. It was in New Delhi, India. The people were very poor, and Dori had the chance to give jobs to 200 people who then had the means to provide for their families. She counts it as one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. She remembers the fabric shopping was simply amazing and the range of fabric, like stunning silks, was so unlike in her childhood sewing days it was overwhelming. With the internet serving as an industry disrupter, bespoke men’s wear offered online made the men’s clothing space untenable. So, in 1997 Dori decided to pivot to women’s special occasions and bridal wear. WORKING WITH STARS We see pictures of Halle Berry in her catsuit, and other famous people Dori has worked with on the walls of her shop. Sharon Stone, Anthony Hopkins, and Tom Cruise are just a few. Dori speaks highly of Halle Barry and her friendliness and kindness. She found Tom Cruise was delightful to work with too. Dori provides on-the-spot alterations, designs, and copies of designs to the movie industry. She showed me a stunning wedding dress which was identical to a Valentino. Annabeth Gish wore it in the movie Gone Mom. Dori shares she made a suit for Michel Bublé before he was famous. He was on his way to Las Vegas and said he wished it was Armani. Dori told him soon you will be famous and will be able to afford any Armani and that is exactly what happened. COVID 19 has been brutal on the fashion industry. There is cautious optimism that the world is on the upswing and events are 23
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